North West Persian Tabriz Rug



5’L x 4’W

Luxuriously appointed Persian Tabriz rug. Golden hues are the principal colors supported by blues, greens and and soft orange tones. High knot density. Wool on cotton foundation.  This Tabriz rug displays a central medallion format based on a classic tradition. The reverse side of the rug shows the original colors which are much stronger than the colors presented on the surface. It is likely that the muted tones of color have been created by chemical washing, rather than a natural fading process. It was a common practice during the early 20th century for rugs to be chemically washed to tone down the colors in order to suit the demands of a newly emerged western market, where more muted tones of color appealed to sectors of this new market. Black woven lines within the rug are to be the unknown weavers signature. Great condition. Some wear through out.

The city of Tabriz in Northwest Persia was the earliest Capital of the Safavid Dynasty, (1502 - 1736), and has a known weaving history dating back to at least the Timurid dynasty of the 15th century. It was the centre of carpet production longer than any other significant centre in Persia. Regarded as the 'Golden Age' of carpet making, the Safavid Shah's were avid patrons of the arts in all subjects, and actively encouraged pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship and creativity. Tabriz led the way, and as a result of this long tradition, Persian Tabriz carpets, influenced by varying cultures over time display a huge repertoire of varying designs from 'medallion' to overall repeat patterns. The range of colors is seemingly endless, and the combination of colors used is always carefully considered to create the most harmonic and decorative end product. From these earlier times, these established traditions have continued through to the present day, and many exceptional Persian Tabriz carpets have been made closely based on the 'original' Safavid carpet designs. The weavers and designers from Tabriz have always been inventive and adaptable to changing fashions and styles. The ‘revival’ of the hand-made Persian carpet industry towards the end of the 19th Century heralded the rebirth of woven Persian carpet art and since then Tabriz has been regarded as a major front runner in the creation of exceptionally beautiful, original, or traditional styles of rug design. 

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First Quarter 20th Century